A Pioneer’s Legacy

Doctors, patients, philanthropists, former students celebrate Dr. Abraham Lieberman

Almost 150 guests from around the state and across the country gathered at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa on Oct. 12 to honor Dr. Abraham Lieberman’s legacy and support Parkinson’s research. Lieberman will retire this winter after practicing at Barrow Neurological Institute for almost three decades, caring for more than 40,000 patients. He was Muhammad Ali’s doctor and instrumental in the development of Barrow’s Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center in 1997, along with Ali and his wife, Lonnie.

The event was hosted by Barrow Neurological Foundation and emceed by Jimmy Walker. Among the guests were long-time supporters of both Lieberman and Barrow Neurological Foundation; Renee and Bob Parsons; Dr. Michael Lawton, Barrow president and CEO; and Dr. Robert Spetzler, past president and CEO.

The evening celebrated Lieberman’s many contributions to progress in Parkinson’s care, education and research. To date, $2.4 million has been raised for Parkinson’s research. The investment will be used to name the Lieberman Research Center at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and continue his efforts, including expanding Barrow’s basic, translational and clinical research to qualify as the first Udall Center of Excellence in the Southwest. The designation would elevate the center to new heights, enable the team to conduct and contribute more to research, attract top talent, share knowledge with the community and serve more patients with complex movement disorders.

PHOTOS COURTESY BARROW NEUROLOGICAL FOUNDATION

Dr. Abraham Lieberman and Jimmy Walker

Dr. Holly Shill, Dr. Abraham Lieberman and Lonnie Ali

Dr. Robert Spetzler, Dr. Abraham Lieberman and Dr. Michael Lawton

Katie Cobb, president of Barrow Neurological Foundation, and Dr. Michael Lawton

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